Planning Manager Job Opportunity - Morrow County, Oregon

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Subject: Planning Manager Job Opportunity - Morrow County, Oregon
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Date: July 21st 2020

Prothman is helping Morrow County, Oregon find their next Planning Manager!


Salary: $69,432 - $97,692 DOQ


Apply by this Friday July 24, 2020 by clicking here or by visiting!


The Region: 

Nestled in Northern Oregon along the Columbia River, Morrow County is a collective combination of natural agricultural lands, abundant recreational activities, and vast forest, mountain, and river views. With a total population of roughly 11,603, Morrow County covers 2,049 acres of land which encompasses 5 incorporated cities, 11 unincorporated communities, and a ghost town. The largest city in Morrow County is the City of Boardman. With a population of roughly 3,405, Boardman is known for its agriculture, food processing, livestock, and recreation opportunities. Due to its location adjacent to the Columbia River, Boardman residents and visitors enjoy river views with public access to sandy beaches, parks, walking trails, and water activities with boat access through the Boardman Marina. Also located in Boardman is the SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Energy) Center; an interactive visitor and museum center which highlights the sustainability of the agriculture and energy industry. Also located in Boardman is the Port of Morrow, which serves the community with 4 industrial parks and is prominently known as a food processing center. To the south of Boardman in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in central Morrow County, the County seat of Heppner offers small town living, affordable housing, a mild climate, and close access to outdoor activities. Locals enjoy recreation all year long, especially during the colder months when cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are possible. Just 33 miles south of Hepper is Morrow County’s OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) Park, which offers visitors 9,000 acres of recreational wonderland. The park offers multiple camp site areas, children’s playgrounds, vast trails for quads, motorcycles and other off-road vehicles, fishing ponds, hiking trails, a golf area, and more!


The County, Department, & Position:

Operating from offices in the city and county seat, Heppner, Morrow County is governed by a 3-member Board of Commissioners serving overlapping 4-year terms. The Commissioners serve as the Executive Branch and perform legislative and quasi-judicial functions of the County. Morrow County employs approximately 121 FTEs and operates on a 2020 budget of $50,299,189 including a $989,499 Building Permit Reserve Fund and $18,095 for the Columbia River Heritage Trail: A Community Millennium Trail.  Operating on a budget of $377,323 with 2 FTEs and 2 PTEs, the Planning Department oversees, and guides land uses in all unincorporated portions of Morrow County outside the city limits of Boardman, Heppner, Ione, Irrigon, and Lexington. Department functions include public service, development review, and both short and long-range planning. The Planning Department provides technical assistance and information to the public and local officials, administers the county land use regulations, supports a variety of planning-associated programs, and generates citizen interest, input, and participation in the planning process. The Department administers the Morrow County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances in compliance with state and local laws. The Department is also responsible for managing the Comprehensive Plan, Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, and various transportation system plans, and a variety of special projects. The Department works with a Planning Commission that implements and maintains the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation System Plan, Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance.


Under the general supervision of the Community Development Director, the Planning Manager performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in the current planning program and long-range planning program of the County related to the development and implementation of land use plans and policies. Duties include responding to inquiries from the public; accepting and process applications of quasi-judicial and legislative actions; completing staff reports and making presentations to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners; leading special long-range planning projects and sharing administrative tasks.


Please visit to review the detailed position profile, total compensation package, and to apply online.


Also, please help Morrow County by forwarding this job announcement to those you know who might be ready for this career move.


Thank you for your time!


Sonja Prothman

Prothman Company


Prothman specializes in providing national executive recruitment services to clients in cities, counties, special districts, and other governmental agencies throughout the western United States.  Founded and incorporated in 2001, Prothman is an industry leader known and respected for outstanding customer service, quality candidate pools, and our depth of knowledge of local government. 


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